1. Welcome to Tacoma World!

    You are currently viewing as a guest! To get full-access, you need to register for a FREE account.

    As a registered member, you’ll be able to:
    • Participate in all Tacoma discussion topics
    • Communicate privately with other Tacoma owners from around the world
    • Post your own photos in our Members Gallery
    • Access all special features of the site

Garmin Nuvi GPS mounted

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas' started by JTDTacoma, Jan 14, 2009.

  1. Jan 14, 2009 at 5:28 PM
    #1
    JTDTacoma

    JTDTacoma [OP] Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jan 22, 2008
    Member:
    #4382
    Messages:
    282
    Vehicle:
    08 4X4 Double Cab TRD Sport
    Here's an option for those looking to mount their GPS units. I secured a RAM mount with double-sided tape to the cubby in front of the shifter. Then on the other side of the RAM I secured a strong magnet (from Menards). On the back of the Nuvi I double-sided taped some metal strips that I cut. The metal strips are positioned on the Nuvi that way so it will still accept the windshield bracket for use in my other cars.

    IMG_0281.jpg

    I also direct wired the Garmin to the fuse box, while the red wire first stops at this switch. This way the Garmin doesn't run every time I turn the key to on. I can switch it off if I want. Bought the switch at Radio Shack and mounted it to one of the unused blanks. The cable then runs up under the 2 cupholders (which can be removed for easy wire hiding).

    IMG_0286.jpg

    The RAM can be positioned perfectly because of the ball joints, then tightened. The magnet holds the Garmin REALLY tight to the RAM.

    I never used that cubby area, and the cup holders can still be used. Final result:

    IMG_0280.jpg
    IMG_0292.jpg
     
  2. Jan 14, 2009 at 5:33 PM
    #2
    harshest

    harshest I am the Sofa King

    Joined:
    Aug 13, 2008
    Member:
    #8508
    Messages:
    567
    Gender:
    Male
    Michigan
    Vehicle:
    05 PreRunner SR5
    Fog Light On, Hidden Garage Door Opener, Scanguage II, Weathertech Liners, Cig lighter always on, Door buzzer removed from dash- Upcoming: 5100s for front and rear, set fronts to 2.5" and Toytec AALs.
  3. Jan 14, 2009 at 5:39 PM
    #3
    daleclough

    daleclough Active Member

    Joined:
    Jan 14, 2009
    Member:
    #12586
    Messages:
    32
    Gender:
    Male
    Elma, NY
    Vehicle:
    05 Ext Cab TRD Sport w/some mod.'s
    it's a secret
    I'm old-fashioned...

    I want to quickly glance at the GPS while driving and keep the road in my field of vision. I keep using teh windshield mount and keep the GPS close (low) to the dash. Glare is not a problem and reception is always full bars.

    I respect the creative mounting ideas but just not for me.
     
  4. Jan 14, 2009 at 5:45 PM
    #4
    JTDTacoma

    JTDTacoma [OP] Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jan 22, 2008
    Member:
    #4382
    Messages:
    282
    Vehicle:
    08 4X4 Double Cab TRD Sport
    Yeah it's a little low for glancing but if I need directions I turn the voice on too so there's less looking down. I'm tall with the seat back a ways so it's in view while driving for me. Just got tired of suction cup circles on the windshield.
     
  5. Jan 14, 2009 at 5:52 PM
    #5
    squad314

    squad314 Thinks he's Steve McQueen

    Joined:
    Dec 1, 2007
    Member:
    #3665
    Messages:
    2,572
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Marc
    Into the mystic....(foggy Saint John, NB)
    Vehicle:
    TRD Sport+Leather 4x4
    Front 5100's @2.5", Rear 5125's with AAL. Light Racing UCA's, Factory hood deflector, Sirius Sportster 5, TRD air filter, Weathertech's f&r, "Hello Kitty" steering wheel cover.
    Nice work!....I got a GPS for Christmas and saw one mounted that way on here not long ago.I looked and couldn't find it so thanks for posting yours.You mentioned your other cars and that is something I wondered about because I would like to be able to use this in our van if need be.What did you use to wire this to the fuse box because I assume you kept the cable intact to plug into a lighter?
     
  6. Jan 14, 2009 at 5:55 PM
    #6
    sAm I aM

    sAm I aM Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jun 14, 2008
    Member:
    #7306
    Messages:
    146
    Gender:
    Male
    Jacksonville, AR
    Vehicle:
    08 TRD 4x2
    Flowmaster .50 ries xhaust, K&N Filter
    I keep mine on the windshield also right underneath my rearview mirror. Its always a quick easy glance and I can bump my speedometer against the GPS on a regular basis. I tried mounting it low like that but its just wasn't as user friendly to me. I believe in some states you have no other choice though as its against the law to have things mounted on your windshield. Feel free to correct me if I'm wrong on this. Looks good though. :)
     
  7. Jan 14, 2009 at 6:03 PM
    #7
    JTDTacoma

    JTDTacoma [OP] Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jan 22, 2008
    Member:
    #4382
    Messages:
    282
    Vehicle:
    08 4X4 Double Cab TRD Sport
    I found a direct wire online so no tampering with the cig lighter cable.
     
  8. Jan 14, 2009 at 6:20 PM
    #8
    squad314

    squad314 Thinks he's Steve McQueen

    Joined:
    Dec 1, 2007
    Member:
    #3665
    Messages:
    2,572
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Marc
    Into the mystic....(foggy Saint John, NB)
    Vehicle:
    TRD Sport+Leather 4x4
    Front 5100's @2.5", Rear 5125's with AAL. Light Racing UCA's, Factory hood deflector, Sirius Sportster 5, TRD air filter, Weathertech's f&r, "Hello Kitty" steering wheel cover.
    Thanks JTD.
     
  9. Jan 14, 2009 at 6:21 PM
    #9
    petersharp

    petersharp Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Nov 23, 2007
    Member:
    #3566
    Messages:
    929
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Do you need to ask?! It's up there ^
    Louisville, CO
    Vehicle:
    Ex DC LB Sport owner.
    How does it being down there affect the signal strength?
     
  10. Jan 14, 2009 at 6:23 PM
    #10
    JTDTacoma

    JTDTacoma [OP] Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jan 22, 2008
    Member:
    #4382
    Messages:
    282
    Vehicle:
    08 4X4 Double Cab TRD Sport
    No problem with signal. The thing even works in my house if I'm near a window.
     
  11. Jan 14, 2009 at 6:38 PM
    #11
    Delmarva

    Delmarva Mayor of TW

    Joined:
    Oct 22, 2008
    Member:
    #10148
    Messages:
    35,644
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Mike
    Tucson, AZ
    Vehicle:
    09 TRD OR S/C 4x4
    TRD S/C, Full OME Suspension, LR UCAs, Relentless Front Bumper, Derpwerx Fab HC Rear Bumper, 285/75/16 Revos, XD Hoss Wheels, Safari Snorkel, Infiniti FX-R HID Retrofit, Airbags in rear, Optima Yellow top, Besttop, All-Pro Skid, All-Pro HD Sliders
  12. Jan 14, 2009 at 11:36 PM
    #12
    3Dstruct

    3Dstruct Member

    Joined:
    Dec 18, 2008
    Member:
    #11735
    Messages:
    17
    Gender:
    Male
    Salinas, CA
    Vehicle:
    06 TRD prerunner
    Nice setup! I mounted my GPS there also. I like that its all kind of hidden down low and might not catch an eye from parking lot shoppers.
    I want to power mine away from the cig lighter too. I think I am going to cut the cord off one of my old razr cell phone chargers (mini USB) and use that for my power line from fuse box. Hopefully it works. I like the switch idea too. Thanks! Dave
     
  13. Jan 15, 2009 at 3:14 AM
    #13
    Joe B

    Joe B Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Oct 27, 2008
    Member:
    #10290
    Messages:
    806
    Looks good but if you're going to go that low it easier to buy a cupholder mount,IMO.
     
  14. Jan 15, 2009 at 4:34 AM
    #14
    JTDTacoma

    JTDTacoma [OP] Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jan 22, 2008
    Member:
    #4382
    Messages:
    282
    Vehicle:
    08 4X4 Double Cab TRD Sport
    Cupholder would be easier (not that this was tough) but too ghetto for me. Plus it uses up a cupholder.
     
  15. Jan 15, 2009 at 4:47 AM
    #15
    Burns

    Burns Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jun 19, 2007
    Member:
    #1871
    Messages:
    3,663
    Gender:
    Male
    NJ
    Vehicle:
    Truck is Sold
    Nice write up man, I really need to do something with my GPS I got for X-mas/birthday.
     
To Top